• WordNet 3.6
    • n foster-parent a person who acts as parent and guardian for a child in place of the child's natural parents but without legally adopting the child
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foster-parent A foster-father or foster-mother.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Foster-parent one who rears a child in the place of its parent
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fóstrian, to nourish, fóstor, food.


In literature:

Meantime the prince grew up to boyhood, and spent a very pleasant life in the house of his foster-parents.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Reverence for love should be fostered from the outset of the adolescent period by parents and pedagogues.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
They were called Romulus and Remus, and grew up along with the sons of their foster-parents on the Palatine Hill.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
My foster-parents parted with me for money, and I was sent to London.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Here they are left to be hatched and the young to be reared by the foster parents.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
She left her foster-parents alone, and threaded the forest.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
I knew no otherwise, and my foster-parents kept the secret religiously.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Soon he became a great pet of his foster-parents, who rather spoiled him.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson
Having no place to keep them, we wrote to a friendly newspaper in New England and advertised for foster parents.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Juergen's foster-parents were to go, and he was to accompany them from the dunes, across heath and moor.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen

In news:

Policy of rejecting same-sex couples as foster parents is challenged.
About 1 yr old, Punkin started life as a semi-feral but has now come to love and trust her foster parents.
It said that the 1-year-old boy who had been living with his foster parents was "happy and thriving" — and that a permanent adoption made perfect sense.
Each year, more than 7,000 Wisconsin children are removed from their parents' homes and placed in foster care.
Babies needing foster parents languished in hospitals for weeks, sometimes years.
Teen escapes foster parents by jumping out window.
She was born Dec 15, 1926, in Foster to parents, Arthur Pickett and Stella (McConnell) Pickett.
An Odessa resident and former foster parent will appear for a pre-trial conference Friday afternoon on statutory sodomy charges involving his third victim less than 14 years of age.
Jimmy and Candy Kirkpatrick have served as foster parents for 43 babies, providing temporary homes for infants who were awaiting adoption .
Need growing for foster, adoptive parents.
Judge ruled children should stay with foster parents due to lapsed deadline.
Agencies work to unite foster, biological parents.
Police say Jayla died last Saturday at the hands of her foster parent, Antonio Lopez.
Agencies Work to Unite Foster & Biological Parents.
A new state law has increased licensing, training and payments for kinship foster parents, but the changes have not gone far enough, potentially leaving some children at risk, according to a report released Monday.